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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Looking for Feedback on Website/Product Packaging on: November 14, 2009 01:05:37 PM
hey all, i launched my website for my preserve company last night and i'm super excited about it. i need to take and add more pictures and what not but i'm off to a good start.

http://www.sweetandsourpreserves.com

next summer i'll pay to have that add removed, but i wont really be selling anything until then (going to make preserves all spring/summer and sell in the fall/winter).

i also made a mock-up for my jars today and i'm pretty happy with it.

lovely modeled by a jar of rosemary apple jelly.

it's grey cardstock with raspberry writing, and raspberry paper ribbon. I'm going for a simple, old fashioned asthetic. The circle on top of the lid has the flavour, amount (250ml) and refrigerate after opening. on one side of the tag it has the company name, moto and website. the other has info about how our produce is locally sourced and the ingredients of that particular flavour.

in the future i may replace the piece of card stock on top of the jar with refrigerator proof round labels but they are too expensive at the moment. the shipping to canada is a killer!

anyway thanks for your advice and comments!
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / tips for starting up your own jam/preserve business on: October 23, 2009 10:10:49 PM
hey all,
i'm wondering if any of you have started your own preserve business?

I am currently working on getting things set up. I am writing a food safety exam so i'll be certified by the province, and I am calling around to local churches that have kitchens which are certified and inspected.

i plan to sell my jams, jellies, pickles and preserves and craft fairs and farmers markets as well as Etsy. There is also a few food delivery services which i might consider approaching once i am able to produce larger volume. My Niche is that i am using exclusively locally grown fruits and veggies in my product.  local food is extremely important to me and i love to preserve so why not make some money at it!

anyway i'm wondering if any of you have a similar business and what advice you may have. how much product should i make in my first year? is it better to hit up a few large (and expensive vendor fees) craft sales, or smaller community ones? what about pricing? i am thinking $5 (canadian) for 8oz jars of jams, jellies etc and $7 for 16 oz jars of salsa, pickles, apple sauce etc.

thanks for your advice!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My Hand-Me-Down Home on: November 14, 2008 11:19:56 AM
so unfortunatley my dad passed away recently and my mom had to sell our house so we both went to our own apartments. i, however scored a ton of furniture.  my chanllenge was to make my new apartment feel like MY apartment, not my mothers.  i had a random mix of country pine kitchen table and buffet, 1960's spanish bedroom set, late 80's loveseats and so much randomness. i think i made it work though and i love my new place.  the only things i bought were paint, curtians, a bed set, and some pillows. but onto the massive ammouts of photographs!


so this is the living room. as you can see i had a challenge tying the dark sofas together with the pine furniture. i think the paint is what did the trick. i love this colour! its "grape leaves" by behr.


here's another view


this is the dining room area of the living room. i also snuck a bookcase in along the back wall.


this is the kitchen. i didn't paint in here, as i just couldnt afford the paint/time. i also think kitchens are allowed to be a little chaotic. there wasnt much storage though, so i took two bookcases i had, put them back to back and put a butcher block on top.  now i have lots of counter space and storage.


here's the "pretty" side of the book cases


this is the other side of the book cases. i use the part behind the stove to hold my empty jar boxes.  i do a lot of preserving, so as we eat stuff the empties can go back in the jar for next season. i also have one bin with knives, and another with utenisls like spatulas ans stuff.


i also utilized an old wire bookshelf for a pantry. the cabinents in the kitchen are so high i had to buy a stepladder and i didnt want to have to go on it every time i needed something from the cupbord. i used the bottom shelves for usefull things and put stuff i rarley use on the top shelves.


there's this cool alcove before you go into the bathroom


the bathroom and fixtures were already white so i decided to run with it. the only non-white things in the bathroom are these pretty prints i snagged from my moms house, and the floor which is the same green as the frame, and white, checkerbord


this has nothing to do with me, but i just love my french taps, as i live in a quebecois area of ottawa. (its complicated)


last but not least, my bedroom. i had intended on using the same colour of paint as the living room, but i ran out so i decided to go a shade lighter. its "goblin" by...i think gilden. its not as grey as it looks in the photos. it smore a pistachio colour and i love it. its both energizing and relaxing.


i got this bedset at walmart for $25 because it was missing a bed skirt. i love all the different colours of yellow-green as it allowed me to repeat different shades and tones throughout the room like in the big green chair and my bedside lamp.


some more of my 1960s furniture. this dresser is great. i have the matching highboy too, in my roommates room. note the picture of my grandmother, it was taken by Karsh!


my workspace. i'm a fulltime, online student so it's important i have a good workspace


before my dad died he did an art therapy class. it turns out he was really tallented. i have his art hanging on both sides of my hallway and i love standing there.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / 1960's refridgerator green on: October 03, 2008 09:42:47 PM
hey all,
i need paint colour help. i'm trying to find that colour of green that is EVERYWHERE. sort of a yellow-green with some grey in it. think 1960s style appliances.

my apartment has light wood floors, my inherited furniture (table, coffee table, hutch etc) is all pine, and my 2 loveseats are black. i dont want it to be TOO dark either, but something really organic and simple looking. HELP ME!

also, im in canada. i know some paint companies only make certian colours in the states.

thanks!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hoover Baby Blanket Variation 2 on: March 16, 2008 01:15:27 PM
i finally finished my version of the Hoover baby blanket from Knittyfor my cousin and his wife who are due next month. it took forever but i'm really happy with the result. it was hard to get good pictues of it on my carpet, it is actually rectangular not all wonky. i used 2 balls of pattons canadiania in oatmeal and 3 balls of pattons canadiana in winter white. i just think acrylic makes sense for a baby blanet.





here's the pattern http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall03/PATThoover.html
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Musical Madness Toy Box on: November 11, 2007 01:48:55 PM
i have no money (thats what i get quitting my job to go farming all summer!) so most of my xmas gifts will be crafted this year. i felt bad for my nephew who is nearly 3 though so i decided to give him all my old wooden musical instruments and i also bought a few new ones. to make it extra special, and to keep them organized i made this box for them and i'm super happy with the outcome.

i bought the box, 1 sheet of white stickey back felt, 2 sheets of black sparkle felt and 1 sheet of white sparkle felt for about $9 at michaels craft store.

here is the top of the box. zack is obviously the name of my nephew.


the front side


back side


left side (i think my treble clef is backwards!) i did this with sharpie on the felt. im not sure if i like it but its ok.


right side


inside (i lined the bottom with some of the sparkley black felt)


thanks for looking!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / angel/devil cupcake apron! on: May 11, 2006 11:42:22 AM
so my best friend is obsessed with cucakes so for her birthday i embroydered an apron with angel and devil cupcakes complete with beaded sprinkles!

placement


angel


devil (gotta love the frosting horns)


text (sorry you can still see the register lines)
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / embroidered tattoo style swallow skirt on: March 07, 2006 08:44:19 AM
so i wasnt really sure if this should go in clothing, embroidery, or reconstructed but i settled on here. anyway i bought this skirt at work (value village woo!) for $2 but thought it was really boring so during the oscars i embroidered this swallow on it. it took around 4 hours. i think it looks really great and jazzes it up a bit. hope you like it.

close up


placement (the colours are more true in this one)
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Poodle Skirt (first embroydery project!) on: February 13, 2006 04:45:28 PM
so i work at Value Village aka Savers which is a large thrift store chain in the USA, Canada and Australia. anyway this monday is our big 50% off sale (in canada anyway...) and we have to dress up 1950's style. my friend at work found this skirt for herself but it was just plain pink so i said i would sew a poodle on it for her. i ended up deciding to embroider it instead and im really happy with the results! it only took about 3 hours and i think it looks fab.

so i printed a picture off the internet and traced it onto the skirt with a pencil. and started to ebroider with rasberry thread.


here's the finished product which obviously needs some ironing


poodle love


a close up of my stitches, a little blurry and my stitches arent the most even but hey, it does the trick.


now i just have to figure out my costume for next week!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / nature journal (photo heavy) on: November 07, 2005 12:18:53 PM
hey all,
this is my first attempt at crafty bookmaking.  it was for an assignment for my "ecofeminism" course.  we had to do a nature writing piece and i decided to gather some flowers/leaves from the spot i was writing about and make a nature journal instead. naturally i got an A+  Tongue anyway im also thinking of submitting it in the environmental art festival my faculty has in the spring. i hope you like it.


front cover. i used a ripped up cardbord box which i think looks strangly organic, and paper that i dyed with various teas to get slightly orange/green/red tones


leaves and text (yes that is the craftster website on my desktop.)


flowers


a close up of a pressed bloom


more of the same


leaves

thanks for looking!
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